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Metal News for June 28, 2004

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14 news articles posted on this day.

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Best Buy Metalcore Promotion, Limited Atreyu

Who says Best Buy doesn't have good music? For this week, if not longer, Best Buy.com has an online-only Metal-core promotion (and free shipping). They have sale prices and a 2 for $16.66 deal as well on a great selection of metalcore including Unearth, Darkest Hour, Atreyu and more.

In addition, they are offering Atreyu's new CD The Curse with exclusive packaging and content, including a foldout booklet and a bonus track. The track is a cover of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Band Name". In addition, while supplies last, you'll get a 10-track bonus CD sampler from Victory Records.

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Doom Capital Compilation Out Now

A 14- song compendium of crushing Doom, heavy backwoods psychedelia, and stoned blues sludgery from the infamous Maryland/DC Doom Capital scene, featuring all exclusive,rare and new tracks from CLUTCH, THE HIDDEN HAND (featuring Wino of Spirit Caravan / The Obsessed / Saint Vitus / Place Of Skulls), EARTHRIDE, UNORTHODOX, INTERNAL VOID, BLACK MANTA, LIFE BEYOND, WAR INJUN, CARRION, KING VALLEY, COUNTERSHAFT, NITROSEED, LEVIATHAN A.D., and LOS TRES PESADOS. Since the early 1970's, the Maryland/DC region has been home to one of the most vital and influential underground music movements in the world, helping to define the crushing aesthetic of Doom Metal and Stoner Rock. This compilation features both legends and newcomers of the Doom Capital, and delivers over 65 minutes of thunderous doom rock and blackened riffage from the dark shadow of the nations capital, along with detailed liner notes outlining the history of the Doom Capital scene, and information on each of the bands featured.

In stores August 3rd; available now through Crucial Blast.

Head here for some mp3 samples.

The complete tracklisting of the compilation is as follows: More...

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Leviathan Come With New Release

UK-based dark ambient project Leviathan has just spawned a new release which, however' does not comprise any new material.

This new disc features first two Levithan's releases, Throne of Bones & Shrouded by Fog, comes in a DVD case and is entitled Beyond the Mists. The album conists of 14 tracks in total and clocks in 70+ minutes. It is, of course, released by Monkeyhouse Recordings.

Mote info at Monkeyhouse Recordings.

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KLV Sign To Firebox Records

A new addition was made to the Finnish label Firebox Records. The new band is called KLV which is actually a pre-Reverend Bizarre project featuring Albert Witchfinder and Earl of Void.

KLV stands for "Kehitysvammaisten Lasten Vanhemmat" (from Finnish - "Parents of Retarded Children"). This band was active before both aforementioned guys started composing and playing under the name of Reverend Bizarre. Firebox says that the band will not record any new material, but re-record the old songs. The recorsing session is to take place in Spring 2005 and the album should be released in September 2005. The band invited a lot of guests for special appearances.

More info at Firebox Records.

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Avernus Update

Avernus' website is up again and totally redone.

The Chicago-based Doomsters plan on recording another EP this summer, but neither release date, nor a label have been confirmed yet. . The band also welcomes new guitarists Bjorn and Doug, and Avernus will be headlining the International Metalfest in Michigan this September.

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Summers End Sign To Hand Of Hope/Eulogy Records

SUMMERS END have officially inked a deal with Hand of Hope / Eulogy Records which will see their debut full length released around Halloween. Expect a full US tour to kick off later this Summer. For more information on the band, head to here or here.

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At The Gates Tribute Details Revealed

DROWNED SCREAM RECORDS have announced the forthcoming release of "Slaughterous Souls - A Tribute to AT THE GATES", expected to be released in September 2004. The album will feature the following bands:

TAETRE (Sweden) - At the Gates
GODHATE (Sweden) - Kingdom Gone
MÖRK GRYNING (Sweden) - Neverwhere
MOONSKIN (Israel) - Raped by the Light of Christ
DARKNESS BY OATH (Basque Country) - The Swarm
SOUL DEMISE (Germany) - Forever Blind
ETERNAL OATH (Sweden)- The Fevered Circle
ETERNAL GRAY (Israel)- Blinded by Fear
ILLDISPOSED (Denmark) - Slaughter of the Soul
ENTER CHAOS (Poland) - Cold
DETONATION (Holland) - Under a Serpent Sun
MISANTHROPE (France) - Suicide Nation
PAGANIZER (Sweden) - Nausea
VILE (USA)- Cold (live cover)

Bonus Track:

IN AETERNUM - Blood Runs from the Altar * GROTESQUE cover

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Hatebeak: Death Metal With An Avian Vocalist

I forgot to report this humorous piece sent to me via boingboing.net Friday:

The new album by HATEBEAK -- the world's only deathmetal band with an avian vocalist -- promises music so terrifying it will "make you vacate your bowels." Song titles inlcude Beak of Putrefaction and God of Empty Nest. "Hatebeak pecks your eyes out and assaults your ears in a flurry of pummeling riffs and grey feathers that leaves you lying in a pool of blood begging for more. Buy a clear vinyl 7" for $5 postage paid at this Link."

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Pungent Stench Confirmed For Metal Heads Mission

Reunited Austrian extreme metallers PUNGENT STENCH and DARZAMAT are among the bands confirmed for the fifth edition of the Metal Heads Mission festival, a two-day event set to take place August 7-8 in Eupatoria, Ukraine. The tentative lineup for the festival is as follows:

PUNGENT STENCH (Austria)
DEAD INFECTION (Poland)
DARZAMAT (Poland)
EPITOME (Poland)
CREMASTER (Poland)
ABYSAL (Poland)
MENTAL DEMISE (Ukraine)
SURROGAT (Ukraine)
UNERASE (Ukraine)
AMBIVALENCE (Ukraine)
CASTRUM (Ukraine)
BEZDNA (Ukraine)
EPICRISE (Ukraine)
FETAL DECAY (Russia)
FESTERGUTS (Russia)
APOKEFALE (Russia)
MORTEM (Russia)

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Korn "Another Brick In The Wall" Cover Online

A version of KORN's version of PINK FLOYD's 'Another Brick in the Wall', covered live (solo included) on June 23rd has found it's way online. You can download it here (9.6 MB). 'Another Brick in the Wall' will be featured on KORN's upcoming "Greatest Hits" album, which will hit shelves this Fall. The disc will also feature a cover of NINE INCH NAILS' 'Head Like A Hole'.

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Opeth Start Writing New Material

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started writing material for the group's next album, tentatively scheduled to be recorded sometime in the early spring of 2005. In other news, Åkerfeldt recently visited No Man Studios in Hemel Hampstead, U.K. to lay down some guitars and backing vocals for the next, as-yet-untitled PORCUPINE TREE record. Mikael plays guitar on one track and sings backing vocals on another five songs. The album is due for release late this year. Also on the OPETH-related front, it is likely that OPETH will put out an audio version of the Shepard's Bush (DVD) concert. If this becomes a reality, there will be some "fantastic and super-exclusive extra features," according to a posting on the band's web site. With regards to their label situation, the band write, "Music For Nations is likely to close their doors within a near future, leaving their roster in the hands of BMG. What will happen to the bands is so far unknown, but it's possible that OPETH will be without a record contract in the near future. This is an effect of the massive merge between Zomba Records and BMG."

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Die Trying Guitarist Quits

Die Trying guitarist Jack Sinamian has exited the band to join Grayson Manor. No word has been released on a replacement as of yet, and Die Trying are still engaged in finding a new moniker for their group following legal action from the clothing company of the same name.

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Kingdom Of Snakes Recording 5-Song EP

Ex-NOTHINGFACE members Bill Gall and Matt Holt, who joined forces to form a new band, KINGDOM OF SNAKES have entered an LA studio with producer Bill Kennedy (MEGADETH, NINE INCH NAILS) to lay down tracks for a five song EP.

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Beatallica Live MP3s And Tour Dates

You can now download three live Beatallica tracks from the El Paso show:

And if you're in the Milwaukee-Chicago area, you now have four opportunities to see Beatallica live in the coming months.

July 18 Chicago, IL: "Rock Around the Block" outdoor festival
July 23 Chicago, IL: Cubby Bear Wrigleyville (w/London Calling)
August 6 Chicago, IL: Cubby Bear Wrigleyville (w/London Calling)
August 28 Chicago, IL: Cubby Bear Lincolnshire (w/Hairbanger's Ball)

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